Police at the Wisconsin Capitol arrested one protester and stepped on the U.S. flag he was carrying Thursday, just another incident in a week of crackdowns on demonstrations in the building's rotunda. Occupy Democrats, a liberal blog, reports that the man had served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Other demonstrators, who were gathered in the rotunda to protest Republican Gov. Scott Walker's agenda with a "Solidarity Singalong," yelled "Shame!" as several protesters was led away by police. A video of the incident does not make clear whether the officers knowingly or intentionally stepped on the flag. At least 29 individuals were arrested Thursday night.
"He's a veteran for peace!" one person yelled as police took the former Marine away.
Capitol Police Chief Dave Erwin is also a former Marine.
The crackdown on the anti-Walker demonstrators began earlier this week, when police arrested almost two dozen protesters after a federal judge ruled that groups larger than 20 must have a permit to gather in the Capitol.
More than 60 demonstrators have reportedly been arrested this week. More than a dozen were booked on Friday.